Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit out at midfielder Marouane Fellaini after he was sent off in the 0-0 draw against Hull today.
The Belgian midfielder will miss the first three games of the 2015/16 campaign after being given his marching orders by referee Lee Probert for his challenge on Hull defender Paul McShane.
Fellaini has been in fine form this season and has established himself as a starter under Van Gaal, and had only been on the field for 15 minutes before he recklessly studded his rival on the thigh. The Manchester United boss was less than impressed with what he saw after what has been a successful first campaign in the Premier League.
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He told reporters: "It is very stupid. I have said to him. He will start next season in the tribune [bench]. It is not good."
Despite the red card, Manchester United were able to hold on for a 0-0 draw that meant Hull were relegated to the Championship. They had already secured qualification for the Champions League - and defender Chris Smalling says everyone at the club is excited to be back in Europe's premier club competition.
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He told MUTV: "We're all looking forward to [being back in the Champions League] and it gives us an incentive to come back in pre-season and really hit the ground running. We've got the qualifier and we'll make sure that in pre-season we're firing and ready for when it comes."
Despite finishing in the top four Manchester United were still 17 points adrift of title winners Chelsea, and Smalling believes they should have been much closer to the top had a few results gone their way.
"I think it could have been a lot stronger [the end to the season] and it should have been, especially in the games where we were on top," he explained. "But it shows the margins and if you don't take your chances then you can really be cut apart in games.
Van Gaal and Manchester United now have a busy summer transfer window to look forward to as the Dutch boss looks to remodel his squad ahead of their European charge. His first major issue to deal with however will be trying to stop David de Gea from leaving.
The Spaniard, who missed today's game through injury, has refused to sign a new contract amidst speculation he wants to join Real Madrid - however Van Gaal wouldn't be drawn into commenting on the reports after today's game. "I cannot say. He has to say something not I," he said.
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